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Pig in a Poke I

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Pig in a Poke I

3,000.00

David Burke (2014)

ink on polyester film

30 x 30 in.

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David Burke (2014)

ink on polyester film

30 x 30 in.

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STATEMENT
The series is based on the idiom “Pigs in a Poke”.  In the late Middle Ages when meat was scarce, it was not uncommon for unscrupulous butchers to replace pork with the meat of other, less desirable animals like cats and dogs.  Unsuspecting customers would eventually discover they had been fooled.  When expanded, this phrase can refer to accepting an idea or a plan without fully understanding all of the details and ramifications. 

Pigs in a Poke is appropriate when used a metaphor for the current U.S. administration that peddles promises that it cannot deliver and regularly presents fiction as fact.  The joke is on the American people who will suffer at the hands of such irresponsible leadership.  The joke is on the global communities that are directly impacted by misguided U.S. policies.  Our president is the butcher, compromising the fabric of the constitution in order to advance a personal agenda that places his well-being ahead of the people he represents.  Those who voted for our current president did not fully inspect the product before handing him and his surrogates the keys to the most powerful nation in the world.  The cat is out of the bag.

BIO / ARTIST STATEMENT
David Burke is an Oakland based painter and educator whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is the art director for the Super Heroes Mural Project in West Oakland and co-founder of the Autobody Bridge Program for emerging Bay Area artists. Most recently he was selected by Zero1 to be a part of the flagship American Arts Incubator program that sends artists abroad to collaborate with youth and underserved populations on community-based new media and mural art projects that bolster local economies, influence public policy and further social innovation.

For the last several years his work has been exploring the intersection between man-made and natural worlds. Recent ink drawings are equal parts hybrid farm animal and genetic experiment gone sideways. At a moment when scientists are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with genetic cloning and 3-D printers are programmed to print everything from food to firearms, there are bound to be missteps and deviations that produce surprising and unplanned outcomes. These pieces depict what some of these miscalculations might yield in the form of mutated animal forms with body parts that grow into and out of one another in a way that renders the creature virtually helpless. The paintings illustrate man’s complex and often convoluted relationship to nature and depict instances in which theses forces both compliment one another and collide in destructive ways.

His process involves equal parts control and chaos, and echoes tenuous socio-ecological relationships depicted in the imagery. The use of synthetic material reinforces the commentary on man’s impulse to consume, contain and modify the earth’s resources in order to accommodate our own needs and desires. His work celebrates man’s desire to build, innovate and create, while acknowledging that our impulse to grow and consume is eroding the ecological framework that we depend on to sustain our often wasteful habits.